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The Ipcress File (1965) Movie Review

Director: Sidney J Furie

Writer: W.H. Canaway, James Doran (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, Aubrey Richards, Frank Gatliff

Plot: In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.


Tagline – Spy man, spy man, what do you see? “One murder! Two murders! And mine makes three!”

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Nice Spy Movie

Story: The Ipcress File starts when one of the top British scientists vanishes, former solider Harry Palmer (Caine) is transferred to Major Dolby (Green) who is leading the hunt for the scientist, which sees them tracking down an arms dealer, while stumbling into a bigger case involving a recording known as the Ipcress.

The deeper into the case Palmer gets, the more mysteries if leaves, as a bigger threat to the UK seems to be in play and Palmer is the only one that is willing to accept the problems.

Thoughts on The Ipcress File

Characters – Harry Palmer is a former soldier that has been placed on surveillance job by his government, until he gets a promotion to track down a missing scientist, he is a womaniser in his free time and has a taste for a good meal, he does think on his feet when it comes to tracking down the suspects and gets more results than any other agents. Major Dolby assigns the jobs for Palmer, being strict, but fair, he understands most ideas are done for the good of the cause, though he will not accept being going against orders. Colonel Ross is the man that Palmer used to work for, where he must send Palmer into his latest mission. Jean is the love interest, who has come from the offices they work at, also an agent that becomes charmed by Palmer.

PerformancesMichael Caine in the leading role is head and shoulders above the rest of the cast, he is the one you want to watch the most through the film, while the rest of the cast aren’t bad, they just don’t reach his levels.

StoryThe story here follows a British Intelligence Agent who is trying to search of a scientist, only to find himself investigating a much bigger threat to the country and must solve this before it becomes too late. We have a story here where the lead character Palmer, is left to question who he can trust, never knowing who is on his side, so both him and the audience will continue to try and put the piece together. In the grander scale of the story it is nice to have something on this scale, which could easily have been real for the time of making this movie, but now we are in a situation where this wouldn’t be much of a threat.

ThrillerThe thriller side of the film is all about how it tries to keep us guessing to what will happen next, this is interesting as we see the tensions slowly build on all sides about the truth.

SettingsThe film keeps the film set in and around London, it shows us just how massive operations could be happening right under our noses.


Scene of the Movie – The showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The other use of the womaniser trait for Harry.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting spy thriller that for the time would have been highly intense, but with new technology comes new weaknesses.

Overall: Easy to Watch Spy Thriller.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – X – My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) Movie Review

We are cheating once again with X, by picking this because of the X-girlfriend side of the story.

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writer: Don Payne (Screenplay)

Starring: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Stelio Savante, Mike Iorio, Mark Consuelos

Plot: When a regular guy dumps a superhero for her neediness, she uses her powers to make his life a living hell.


Tagline – Hell hath no fury like a superwoman scorned.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable Laugh

Story: My Super Ex-Girlfriend starts when down on his luck regular guy Matt (Luke Wilson) meets a stranger on a train, Jenny Johnson (Thurman) who he helps get her bag back, thinking he could be about to start a new relationship. Jenny has a secret though, she is G-Girl a superhero that protects the city from crime.

Jenny normally keeps her secret identity away from partners, that is until her arch nemesis Barry Bedlam (Izzard) starts trying to us Matt to get to Jenny and things get even more complicated when Matt breaks up with Jenny, as she doesn’t take the break up well.

Thoughts on My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Characters – Jenny Johnson is a shy timid lady, she keeps to herself, is awkward when it comes to interaction, only she has a secret, she is the city’s superhero. She does want to date and after Matt helps her, she wants to let him into her life, opening up unlike anyone has before, though this does make her angry when he moves on. Matt is a regular guy, he is down on his luck, needing to turn things around, until he meets Jenny, he is happy to start a new romance, but isn’t comfortable with the idea of dating a superhero. Hannah is the work colleague of Matt’s, the two do have good chemistry in everyday life and Matt starts to see this the more is sees Jenny’s darker side. Barry Bedlam is the arch nemesis of G-Girl, he knows about her past and wants the powers that his old friend Jenny has.

PerformancesUma Thurman gets to play into her action figure with this awkward superhero that is looking for love. Luke Wilson as the regular guy caught up in the middle of superhero battle. Anna Faris as the potential new love interest and all-around nice women works well, with Eddie Izzard and Rainn Wilson getting plenty of laughs along the way.

StoryThe story here follows a regular guy that finds out his new girlfriend is a superhero that has a crazy side, which sees her trying to ruin his life once he breaks up with her. This does take the idea of a crazy ex to new levels, with us having one with superpowers that can ruin and torment somebody’s life to a new level. We also get the spin on the women being the superhero, which often leaves the men needing to wait for the rescue to happen. We might well end up going to the extremes when it comes to how relationships are seen though.

Comedy/Romance/Sci-FiThe comedy in the film does focus on how the superhero persona will get used to the idea of dating a normal person and vice versa, with the romance showing how no matter who you are, it can be difficult to find love.

SettingsThe film gives us a New York backdrop, which is a setting I will always praise for the use when it comes to life dramas in and out of love.


Scene of the Movie – The break-up.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does go over the top too often for its own good.

Final Thoughts This is a fun spin on the rom com, showing the women in the position of power, with the men left holding the fort, while she saves the world and shows just how crazy ex’s can be.

Overall: Fun Rom Com.